Welcome back to our Volvo Ocean Race Producer’s Log. This time to Sanya, the southern-most city on China’s Hainan Island.

Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 – Producer’s Log #4

Posted by: Jo Rees on February 23rd, 2015 IN Volvo Ocean Race Producer's Log

Welcome back to our Volvo Ocean Race Producer’s Log.  This time to Sanya, the southern-most city on China’s Hainan Island.  The city is renowned for its tropical climate and has emerged as a popular tourist destination.  And, if you’re into your travel trivia, you might also like to know that it’s the training site of the Chinese national beach volleyball team.


The skyline is dominated by four striking skyscrapers and our welcome was incredibly warm.  We had lots of fun trying to communicate with the locals and Helen Parsons, one of our dancers caused quite a stir with her striking, long blond hair, and was photographed wherever she went.


The first team to arrive in Sanya and winners of Leg 3 were Donfeng Race team.  As a Chinese sponsored boat they naturally attracted lots of support and media attention – real local heroes. Indeed, one of the highlights for us was discovering that the Donfeng team along with rivals, Mapfre were staying at our hotel.  We loved spying on morning workouts on the hotel lawn and learning what these elite sportsmen have for breakfast.


Our two performances on the 6th and 7th February were very warmly received by the predominately Chinese audience who got up on their feet and danced and clapped along to the show.


We also had some very special Swedish guests, Mr Jan-Ove Waldner and Mr Jörgen Persson, often described as the greatest-ever table tennis players came to delight their masses of Chinese fans.  In fact, they are treated like God’s in China and we were treated to a demonstration of their table tennis skills with Volvo’s CEO,  Olof Person also showing us that he is not a bad player at all.


With in-port racing on February 7th, the teams left for Auckland, New Zealand for the forth leg of the race.  It’s 5,264 miles from Sanya, south-east through the Pacific with estimated arrivals from February 27th to 3rd March.

Once again, I’ll be flying out safely on 8th March to join them and to produce more shows.  By the way, keep your eye on Crane’s Eye View for more pictures and details of the show.

暫時再見 bye for now and see you in Auckland.



Jo Rees

Jo Rees

Jo Rees is an event producer at Line Up predominantly working with automotive and financial clients. She hails from Porthcawl in Wales but is currently to be found globe-trotting whilst she follows the Volvo Ocean Race around the world creating ‘sailabrations’ in every port.

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